If you use OneNote (a free program by Microsoft as of the date this article was published), you can make a great to do list that is easy to check off as you get things done.
Follow the image below as I explain the simple steps to making a great to do list in OneNote.
1. Decide what merits a tag.
For me, the bag that I am packing in gets tagged with a star as "Important" and the item is treated like a task.
2. Just highlight the task and click on "To Do List" (above #2) to make it a tagged item.
3. Click "Find Tags."
4. The tags show up in ABC order to the right.
TIP: Use the downward arrow in #2 to "modify tags" and change the names alphabetically to show priority. I do this for my work tasks, to make them show up in the order that I require:
A To Process
B Add to Final Memo
C Do Not Use
(C is a check mark rather than a task box, because I no longer have to do anything with it.)
5. As you check off tasks in your right-side Tag summary, they automatically check off on the proper page.
TIP: Under #5, you can set OneNote to grab all tasks or just those tasks on a certain section, page, or other subset in OneNote.
The best tip of all?
Click "Create Summary Page" (below the tag list numbered 5) and make a one page to do list for your notebook!
Have fun exploring OneNote. It's a great program for task and project management.